Latest-generation “made in Safran” braking system for the H160 helicopter

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) provides the electric braking system on Airbus Helicopters’ latest model, the H160. With its new-generation composite carbon friction material and electric actuators, this system represents a major technological breakthrough in helicopter braking.
The electric brake, a first for a helicopter

For the H160 program, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) draws on its expertise in electric braking, acquired on the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner", the first commercial aircraft in the world equipped with electrically controlled brakes. This system presents many benefits, including the elimination of hydraulic circuits, which cuts down on weight and bulk, while electric braking also simplifies maintenance.

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Latest-generation materials

Unlike other helicopters, which are all fitted with steel brakes, Airbus Helicopters' H160 is the first helicopter to benefit from carbon technology for its brake system. Again, this is an innovation inherited from commercial aviation developed over the last thirty years by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, the world leader in carbon brakes – lighter, more reliable and more efficient compared to steel – for commercial aircraft.

A scale model of the innovation-packed H160 helicopter is on display on the Airbus stand. It had its maiden flight on Saturday, June 13 in Marignane (southern France).

Turbomeca (Safran), a specialist in helicopter turbines, has also been selected by Airbus Helicopters to exclusively power the H160 with its Arrano engine.